Shawn Pander's latest album, "Memories for Sale," July 7, 2006 is full of relatable stories that will conjure up a tear or a chuckle from all who will listen. "I write songs about real life. I tell stories in a thought-provoking, unique way that everyone can understand," says Shawn.
For example, the twenty-something, passionate blond gets timely with the war in Tell Mama. It’s a song about a solider writing a tear-stained letter to his brother asking him to say goodbye to his family because he’s scared to come home. [All ITUNES proceeds of Tell Mama is going to the national VFW to help all war veterans]. Shawn is a Dreamkiller when he breaks up with his main squeeze. She writes him a nasty email, he makes into a song and it becomes a break-up anthem. And the song /album title Memories for Sale according to Shawn is a loosely based autobiographical tune. He says he imagined taking all of his memories good and bad and selling them off in songs in order to obtain a better life.
The album was produced by former Jason Mraz’s lead guitarist and producer, Bill Bell in Toronto. Bell enlisted some top musicians to play on the album including singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith and members from of The Band and the Barenaked Ladies. And Bell will share the stage with Shawn on July 7 for the CD Release party.
After moving to Los Angeles in September 2004, Shawn grabbed some national recognition from his first appearance on the Dr. Phil Show. The segment entitled, "Real Talent," discussed what it takes to make it in Hollywood. Due to his popularity, Dr. Phil had his camera crew follow Shawn through the process of recording one of his songs with Grammy award winning producer, Steve Buckingham, in Nashville and invited him back on a follow-up show to perform his new hit, Simplicity, from his second album, "Being Here."
Some of Shawn’s first memories were when he frequented a used car lot with his dad, who was a salesman there. Always an inquisitive soul, Shawn would wander while his dad worked. One hot summer day, he followed a melancholy tune. The song led him to a homeless man strumming his old guitar on the corner. Shawn strolled up and asked him his name. " I'm James," the man said. "What do you think of my music?" Shawn nodded and smiled his approval. James asked if he liked jazz and the blues. With a shrug, Shawn said, "I don't know. Do I?" An instant bond was formed, and Shawn came back to visit James and learn guitar everyday that summer. In the dead heat of August, his dad was laid off, and told Shawn it was his last day to come to the car lot. Sad to say goodbye, Shawn told James he couldn't come around anymore. The homeless man with nothing more in the world to give, took his old guitar, the time-worn strap barely hanging on, and handed it to Shawn. "You take this guitar and go make something out of your life. I'll be watchin'." Shawn gave the man an equivalent gift, a promise he'd play everyday.
And he is playing everyday making more and more memories.